Sweet and Spicy Pretzels

  • Author: Cooking Light
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Snack


A sweet, salty and spicy pretzel and nut mix that makes the perfect snack on the go or something to bring to a get together or party.



  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped and divided
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cups tiny pretzels (unsalted or salted)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brown sugar, 1 tsp. thyme, salt, cinnamon and red pepper (optional) in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the pecans and almonds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Baked at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, or until the nuts begin to brown.
  4. Combine the nut mixture and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until the butter melts.
  5. Stir in the pretzels and syrup. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over pretzel and nut mixture and toss gently with tongs or two wooden spoons.
  6. Spread the pretzels evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining thyme over the cooked pretzel mixture.
  8. Cool completely and serve at a party, or eat as a snack on the go. Store in an air tight container.


Notes: If you don’t like spice then eliminate the red pepper or maybe cut it in half. You can get creative with this recipe and add things like cereal or different nuts.